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Authorities: Man charged with child molestation after luring 12-year-old boy to hotels
Police say investigation also led to numerous counts of identity fraud
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Esteban Olivas

A Gainesville man is accused of enticing a 12-year-old boy multiple times through social media, offering the child money to go to nearby hotels, where the man is then accused of molesting the boy, according to authorities.

The investigation into those alleged crimes led to the discovery of numerous stolen driver’s licenses, according to police.

Oakwood Police began investigating Esteban Olivas, 25, after receiving a report of child molestation Jan. 13.

Olivas reportedly met the boy through social media in December and picked up the child Dec. 15.

The two then went to a local hotel “and an act of aggravated child molestation occurred,” said Oakwood Police Investigator Todd Templeton.

Templeton said Olivas contacted the boy again on Jan. 13, and the two again went to a hotel after Olivas enticed the boy with money.

Investigators obtained warrants Tuesday to search Olivas’ home and arrested him on a charge of aggravated child molestation.

“During a search of the home, officers discovered and seized approximately 76 Georgia driver’s licenses that had been issued to various individuals, two firearms, drug (paraphernalia), numerous cellphones, and computers. Further investigation revealed Olivas was a former employee of the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services and had apparently stolen the driver’s licenses while working in that capacity,” Templeton wrote in a news release.

Olivas has been charged with two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, two counts of trafficking a person under the age of 18 for sexual servitude and 76 counts of ID fraud.

All but one of the licenses were from Georgia, the lone exception coming from Massachusetts.

“Investigators determined that Mr. Olivas had been an employee of the Department of Drivers Services in Gainesville, but had not worked there since mid-2017,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware wrote in a news release.

Olivas was booked Wednesday, Jan. 16, in to the Hall County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Magistrate Court officials said Thursday, Jan. 17, Olivas had requested a public defender, but one was not listed in the records system.

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